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BBB Time: Bath, Book, Bed

Posted on 01/12/2013 03:27:11 PM

On hectic days, the whole routine became an assembly line. In a family of eleven, everything is a big deal.   However it was bath time, grooming time, story time and bed time that took a lot of creative problem solving abilities as well as a big investment in time. On hectic days this ...

Fashion Sense? Snort-She Was BORN With It!

Posted on 01/10/2013 02:33:57 PM

Claire is on the left One evening as I tried to rush out of the house, Claire glanced up from her homework, scrutinized me up and down disapprovingly and asked, very slowly, “Are you going out?” Tiny, adorable, clever and independent Claire was also strong-willed, high maintenance and ...

Quit Trying to Dismember Me!

Posted on 01/09/2013 03:10:35 PM

  Bieing the youngest can be a trial What happens when you live with five older sisters? It was a beautiful fall day. The sun was already warm Although the school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes, six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, already had her lunch ...

Shadow: Quirky, Annoying but Always Loved

Posted on 01/07/2013 12:34:35 PM

  An intergal part of the family Shadow, a humongous, drooling black lab mix, with overgrown feet and an clumsy personality. Shadow was part of my children's lives for 13 years. He was the most quirky and annoying pet we have ever owned. He was also messy, bossy and slightly dense. I can only ...

Serene Sunday- New Look at Parents/Kid Relationships - We're Not Friends

Posted on 01/06/2013 02:58:38 PM

Serene Sunday - there is serenity in realizing that you are supposed to be a parent, not a friend. Each serene Sunday throughout the month of January will take a new look at ways of looking at the parent/child relationship. In upcoming weeks we will look at: parents as stewards raising children to ...

Teens Influence on Younger Children

Posted on 01/06/2013 09:46:03 AM

  Credit: familyTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?? What did our younger kids sing during circle time? We were standing in line at the Canadian Tire's automotive desk with our youngest daughter. Lucy, three weeks before turning two, was sitting quietly in the shopping cart looking adorable in a soft, ...

Temper Tantrum?

Posted on 01/05/2013 08:51:55 AM

  Credit: sonbabies are completely dependant on their caregiver My first thought is to pity the child, not the mother. As a mother of nine kids, people often ask me, "How on earth did you manage without any help? " If I had to divulge one secret that I was fortunate enough to discover ...

Do You Believe that Children NEED to Bond with Animals?

Posted on 01/04/2013 08:01:03 PM

Credit: familyMary is squeezing Hammy again! The Canadian scientist, David Suzuki , believes that all children need to bond with animals. While watching my own kids interact with our pets and farm animals, I realized that children have a deep-seated need to relate to animals. Since I grew up in the ...


Posted on 01/03/2013 04:34:40 PM

By Dennis Dames:   Many have said that it will be a good year; one where prosperity reigns and the hard times for so many deserving - subside. I'm feeling good about a fresh beginning, with a new unyielding outlook on life and the roads ahead. I could sense that success is on the horizon for all ...

My sweet three-year old daughter shouts, "&$#@*&"."

Posted on 01/03/2013 02:17:27 PM

Credit: en.wikipedia.orgClaire was still three when she startedjunior kindergarten in the mornings Experience taught me that the easiest and most effective way to influence my children was to ignore negative behaviour and to praise good behaviour. For example, if I didn't react to swear words, ...

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